Microsoft is in the process of preparing the rollout of Windows Live LifeCams, their new High Definition set of webcams. This series of web cameras will feature high definition still shots on all models and high definition video on some. They will also include a common interface for their software, dubbed the "LifeCam Dashboard."
There are two models of the LifeCams slated for release this summer, with two more to follow in Fall '06.
- 640×480 resolution video
- WL Messenger integration
- "Exclusive Call Button"
- One touch Spaces blogging
- HD Stills: 1.3 megapixels
- Universal mounting device
- On the fly video effects
- Pan/Zoom/Tilt capabilities
- Automatic face tracking
- Built-in microphone
Estimated cost: $49.95 USD | Amazon.com page
The VX-3000 is the low-end cam that still offers HD pictures. Microsoft is aiming for the mainstream with this one.
- HD Stills: 5.0 MP
- HD Video: 1.3 MP
- Wide angle lens
- 3x Digital Zoom
- Plus all of the features of the VX-3000
Estimated cost: $99.95 USD | Amazon.com page
The VX-6000 is the high-end desktop webcam. This is what you get when you want the best quality and functionality currently available on the market.
We will bring you more on future Windows Live LifeCam models as it becomes available.